Book Reviews Moving From Print to Online

The New York Times reports on more ways the book publishing and newspaper industries are changing:

“The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, meanwhile, has recently eliminated the job of its book editor, leading many fans to worry that book coverage will soon be provided mostly by wire services and reprints from national papers… Book reviews will now be overseen by one editor responsible for virtually all arts coverage.”

“To some authors and critics, these moves amount to yet one more nail in the coffin of literary culture. But some publishers and literary bloggers — not surprisingly — see it as an inevitable transition toward a new, more democratic literary landscape where anyone can comment on books. “

“For those who are used to the old way, it’s a tough evolution. “Like anything new, it’s difficult for authors and agents to understand when we say, ‘I’m sorry, you’re not going to be in The New York Times or The Chicago Tribune, but you are going to be at curledup.com,’ ” said Trish Todd, editor-in-chief of Touchstone Fireside, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. “But we think that’s the wave of the future.”